RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: A Promising Tablet, but With Many Rough Edges

At a Glance

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At a Glance

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook looks promising, but the operating system's rough patches and a lack of app selection are reasons to think twice.

Price when rated: $500 (16GB)

Pros

  • Sharp display has vivid, accurate colors
  • High-definition video playback impresses
  • Light weight makes this conducive to hold in hand

Cons

  • Initial software is buggy and lacks polish
  • No integrated e-mail, contacts, or calendaring
  • Awkwardly designed onscreen keyboard
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